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Avocation Quotes By Herman Melville

Squeeze! Squeeze! Squeeze! all the morning long; I squeezed that sperm till I myself almost melted into it; I squeezed that sperm till a strange sort of insanity came over me, and I found myself unwittingly squeezing my co-labourers' hands in it, mistaking their hands for the gentle globules. Such an abounding, affectionate, friendly, loving feeling did this avocation beget; that at last I was continually squeezing their hands, and looking up into their eyes sentimentally, as much as to say, - Oh! my dear fellow beings, why should we longer cherish any social acerbities, or know the slightest ill humour or envy! Come; let us squeeze hands all round; nay, let us all squeeze ourselves into each other; let us squeeze ourselves universally into the very milk and sperm of kindness. — Herman Melville

Avocation Quotes By Maurice Samuel

To say that a schlemiel is a luckless person is to touch only the negative side. It is the schlemiel's avocation and profession to miss out on things, to muff opportunities, to be persistently, organically, preposterously and ingeniously out of place. A hungry schlemiel dreams of a plate of hot soup, and hasn't a spoon. — Maurice Samuel

Avocation Quotes By Elsa Maxwell

Giving parties is a trivial avocation, but it pays the dues for my union card in humanity. — Elsa Maxwell

Avocation Quotes By Daniel Albert Wyttenbach

There is no business, no avocation, whatever, which will not permit a man, who has the inclination, to give a little time, every day, to study. — Daniel Albert Wyttenbach

Avocation Quotes By Wynn Bullock

For me photography has been a profession, an avocation. Now it has become a way of life. — Wynn Bullock

Avocation Quotes By Steven Pressfield

We do not overidentify with our jobs. We may take pride in our work, we may stay late and come in on weekends, but we recognize that we are not our job descriptions. The amateur, on the other hand, overidentifies with his avocation, his artistic aspiration. He defines himself by it. He is a musician, a painter, a playwright. Resistance loves this. Resistance knows that the amateur composer will never write his symphony because he is overly invested in its success and overterrified of its failure. The amateur takes it so seriously it paralyzes him. — Steven Pressfield

Avocation Quotes By William Safire

The trick is to start early in our careers the stress-relieving avocation that we will need later as a mind-exercising final vocation. We can quit a job, but we quit fresh involvement at our mental peril. — William Safire

Avocation Quotes By George Eliot

what secular avocation on earth was there for a young man (whose friends could not get him an 'appointment') which was at once gentlemanly, lucrative, and to be followed without special knowledge? — George Eliot

Avocation Quotes By Alfred North Whitehead

In a sense, knowledge shrinks as wisdom grows, for details are swallowed up in principles. The details for knowledge which are important, will be picked up ad hoc in each avocation of life, but the habit of the active utilization of well-understood principles is the final possession of WISDOM. — Alfred North Whitehead

Avocation Quotes By Juliet Blackwell

I'm Lily Ivory, and this is my friend Sailor."
"You sail?"
"No. It's my name, not my avocation. — Juliet Blackwell

Avocation Quotes By Aldo Leopold

What more delightful avocation than to take a piece of land and by cautious experimentation to prove how it works. What more substantial service to conservation than to practice it on one's own land? — Aldo Leopold

Avocation Quotes By William Osler

The young doctor should look about early for an avocation, a pastime, that will take him away from patients, pills, and potions ... — William Osler

Avocation Quotes By H.L. Mencken

The average schoolmaster is and always must be essentially an ass, for how can one imagine an intelligent man engaging in so puerile an avocation. — H.L. Mencken

Avocation Quotes By Susan Vreeland

Two of my grandfathers had been artists, lifelong oil painters, so I was exposed to art very young. I've always been interested in it, although I never pursued it as a career or even as an avocation. — Susan Vreeland

Avocation Quotes By David Hume

Where am I, or what? From what causes do I derive my existence, and to what condition shall I return? ... I am confounded with all these questions, and begin to fancy myself in the most deplorable condition imaginable, environed with the deepest darkness, and utterly deprived of the use of every member and faculty.
Most fortunately it happens, that since Reason is incapable of dispelling these clouds, Nature herself suffices to that purpose, and cures me of this philosophical melancholy and delirium, either by relaxing this bent of mind, or by some avocation, and lively impression of my senses, which obliterate all these chimeras. I dine, I play a game of backgammon, I converse, and am merry with my friends. And when, after three or four hours' amusement, I would return to these speculations, they appear so cold, and strained, and ridiculous, that I cannot find in my heart to enter into them any farther. — David Hume

Avocation Quotes By Curtis LeMay

Don't like to do anything half-heartedly, even if it is a wicked and self-destructive avocation like smoking cigars — Curtis LeMay

Avocation Quotes By Robin McKinley

One of the biggest, and possibly the biggest, obstacle to becoming a writer ... is learning to live with the fact that the wonderful story in your head is infinitely better, truer, more moving, more fascinating, more perceptive, than anything you're going to manage to get down on paper. (And if you ever think otherwise, then you've turned into an arrogant self-satisfied prat, and should look for another job or another avocation or another weekend activity.) So you have to learn to live with the fact that you're never going to write well enough. Of course that's what keeps you trying
trying as hard as you can
which is a good thing. — Robin McKinley

Avocation Quotes By Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

It is a wonderful advantage to a man, in every pursuite or avocation, to secure an adviser in a sensible woman. In woman there is at once a subtle delicacy of tact, and a plain soundness of judgement, which are rarely combined to an equal degree in man. A woman, if she be really your friend, will have a sensitive regard for your character, honor, repute. She will seldom counsel you to do a shabby thing: for a woman friend always desires to be proud of you. — Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Avocation Quotes By Phyllis McGinley

The trouble with gardening is that is does not remain an avocation. It becomes an obsession. — Phyllis McGinley

Avocation Quotes By Gertrude B. Elion

Over the years, my work became both my vocation and avocation. Since I enjoyed it so much, I never felt a great need to go outside for relaxation. Nevertheless, I became an avid photographer and traveler. Possibly my love for travel stems from the early years when my family seldom went away on vacation. — Gertrude B. Elion

Avocation Quotes By Arnold Haultain

There are more 'Don'ts' in golf than there are in any other avocation in life. — Arnold Haultain

Avocation Quotes By Marisa De Los Santos

If I were to ever have a full-fledged vocation, as opposed to a half-assed avocation, I needed to love it and, in my experience, it isn't always easy to figure out what you love. — Marisa De Los Santos

Avocation Quotes By Christina Baker Kline

Words are both my vocation and my avocation - reading, writing, editing, teaching. — Christina Baker Kline

Avocation Quotes By Robert Frost

My goal in life is to unite my avocation with my vocation,
As my two eyes make one in sight. — Robert Frost

Avocation Quotes By Jonas Salk

My life is pretty well at peace, and the profession is more of an avocation. It's a calling, if you like, rather than a job. I do what I feel impelled to do, as an artist would. — Jonas Salk

Avocation Quotes By Rebecca Solnit

Walking is a pastime rather than an avocation. — Rebecca Solnit

Avocation Quotes By Dorothea Brande

In the long run it makes little difference how cleverly others are deceived; if we are not doing what we are best equipped to do, or doing well what we have undertaken as our personal contribution to the world's work, at least by way of an earnestly followed avocation, there will be a core of unhappiness in our lives which will be more and more difficult to ignore as the years pass. — Dorothea Brande

Avocation Quotes By Joshua Braff

One's 'thing'
(1) A point of personal interest; a hobby, sport, or avocation that succinctly defines a person. (2) A brief coupling of words used to evoke someone's personality in a small-talk setting: Billy's thing used to be soccer; now it's masterbation. (3) A laconic summation of one's character and interests used for the purpose of categorization and judgement. See also 'What do you do? — Joshua Braff

Avocation Quotes By Henry Louis Gates

The truth is I would do my job for free! I love it every day. If you can possibly choose a vocation that's an avocation, a job that's really a hobby, then you'll be way ahead of the game. You should not pick an occupation because your think your parents want you to do it, or because you think it's the noble thing to do. You should only pick a job because it turns you on. — Henry Louis Gates

Avocation Quotes By John Henrik Clarke

When Marcus Garvey died in 1940, the role of the British Empire was already being challenged by India and the rising expectations of her African colonies. Marcus Garvey's avocation of African redemption and the restoration of the African state's sovereign political entity in world affairs was still a dream without fulfillment. — John Henrik Clarke

Avocation Quotes By Dorothea Dix

To me, the avocation of a teacher has something elevating and exciting. While surrounded by the young, one may always be doing good. — Dorothea Dix

Avocation Quotes By Samuel G. Blythe

And if there is any phase of human enjoyment, any part of life, any occupation, avocation, divertisement, pleasure or pain where the fat man has the better of it in any regard, I failed to discover it in the twenty years during which I looked like the rear end of a hack and had all the bodily characteristics of a bale of hay. — Samuel G. Blythe

Avocation Quotes By Charles Murray

There is more to life than work, and a life without ample space for family and friends is incomplete. But this much should not be controversial: Vocation - one's calling in life - plays a large role in defining the meaning of that life. For some, the nurturing of children is the vocation. For some, an avocation or a cause can become an all-absorbing source of satisfaction, with the job a means of paying the bills and nothing more. But for many others, vocation takes the form of the work one does for a living. Working hard, seeking to get ahead, and striving to excel at one's craft are not only quintessential features of traditional American culture but also some of its best features. Industriousness is a resource for living a fulfilling human life instead of a life that is merely entertaining. — Charles Murray

Avocation Quotes By Milton Friedman

If you really want to engage in policy activity, don't make that your vocation. Make it your avocation. Get a job. Get a secure base of income. Otherwise, you're going to get corrupted and destroyed. — Milton Friedman

Avocation Quotes By Nelson Algren

The avocation of assessing the failures of better men can be turned into a comfortable livelihood, providing you back it up with a Ph.D. — Nelson Algren